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The Community Housing Group is the latest local business to benefit from using the Local Development Order to expand their operations.

The Group is building a brand new £1.5m depot for its Oakleaf subsidiary company at Finepoint Business Park on the A451 between Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn. The project is benefiting from  the Local Development Order put in place by Wyre Forest District Council which means that the site can be redeveloped without the need for planning permission.

The Local Development Order is designed to simplify the planning process with the intention of encouraging new businesses to locate in the area and existing businesses to expand their operations. The Order allows development in specific employment use classes to be undertaken without the need for planning permission. The Order includes a map which identifies the designated areas to which the Order will apply.

The Oakleaf redevelopment follows the £5m investment from Amada, and the £1.2m development by Beakbane who have also used the Local Development Order to invest in their Kidderminster operations.

The new Oakleaf facility will provide for a new warehouse unit with a PVCu window manufacturing factory, joinery shop, garage and MOT centre and storage area.

Ian Hancock, Managing Director of Oakleaf Commercial Services said:

“Initially, there will be a total of 1500m² of commercial floor space and this relocation will see additional jobs created within the business. We anticipate that the site will be developed further over the next few years as our business grows.”

Cllr John Campion, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning for Economic Development and Regeneration said:

“We are very pleased to see that local organisations are using the Local Development Order to take forward their business plans.  Oakleaf’s development is exactly the sort of development that we had in mind when adopting the Order and we hope to see more of this very positive local investment in the near future.” 

For more information on the Local Development Order visit the Council’s webpage.


Wyre Forest District Council